Pocket guidebook to the Central European avant-garde

In scope of the international exhibition project ‘Years of Disarray 1908–1928. Avant-gardes in the Central Europe’ a series of four publications – exhibition guidebooks is created in cooperation with publisher house ‘Arbor vitae societas’.

Traveling exhibition mapping conditions and specifics that led to the creation of modern art within the so called successor states of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire was already presented in Olomouc Museum of Art and International Cultural Centre in Cracow. At the moment it is possible to see it at the Bratislava City Gallery. And in autumn it will be moved to Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs. Although the exhibition topic is not changed, its appearance is always adjusted to the environment in which it is presented at the moment. The installation and exhibits selection of each exhibition rerun is altered to stress specifics of artistic situation it is capturing.


Along with each exhibition rerun, small-scale professional 200 page books are published in English and national languages of cooperating institutions. The small-scale and very practical format of the book was chosen by graphic designer Tereza Hejmová to stress the function of the guidebook. Books are united by graphic design, individual language mutations is possible to recognise by different colour of the spine. ‘All four exhibitions as well as guidebooks follow the basic concept of the project divided into twelve thematically linked chapters. Picture attachments of individual guides are always composed from actually displayed exhibits. Beside professional texts written by authors of the concept Karel Srp and Lenka Bydžovská, visitors will also find a well-arranged chronology of cultural events of the period and a list of at the exhibition presented artists with their biographical data,’ said the coordinator of the exhibition project Šárka Belšíková. 


For each of the four exhibitions, six-piece concertina books are also published in a graphically united design, always in English and national languages. They introduce to visitors the organizing institution and bring up-to-date information about the on-going exhibition and accompanying programmes.